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NVDES – The La NVDITÉ Vol. 1 EP

The La NVDITÉ Vol. 1 EP is an intriguing introduction to the laptop-punk of de-facto frontman Josh Ocean, brimming with his signature frenetic guitars and honing his prowess for crafting compulsive summery jams. NVDES is currently on a national tour as lead support for Grammy-winning producer RAC and will kick off a co-headline tour with Pierce Fulton this fall. NVDES has garnered over 10 million streams across platforms, charted on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart, and received acclaim from the likes of FADER, NYLON, and more.

The last component of the visual EP is the video for “May and June,” which was directed by artists Jenna Josepher and Giulia Marsico. While their personal styles could be considered opposites, with Jenna’s affinity for inanity and pattern and Giulia’s exploration of sexuality and the human figure, their interests in analogy and absurdity unifies the series.

NVDES has garnered over 10 million streams across platforms, charted on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart, and received acclaim from the likes of FADER, NYLON, and more. Keep an eye out for the release of another EP later this year, stay tuned for more and be sure to catch his kinetic live energy in a city near you.

NVDES Tour Dates

^ = w/ RAC
* = w/ Pierce Fulton

11/14: Austin, TX @ Stubbs *
11/16: Dallas, TX @ Cambridge Room *
11/17: New Orleans, LA @ Parish at HOB *
11/18: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *
11/21: Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry *
11/22: Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage *
11/24: Asbury Park, NJ @ Wonder Bar *
11/25: Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry *
11/26: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge *
11/27: Fairfield, CT @ The Warehouse *
11/28: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
11/30: Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room *
12/1: Columbus, OH @ Dahlia Bar & Lounge *
12/2: Cincinnati, OH @ Jekyll *
12/3: Detroit, MI @ Shelter *
12/4: Chicago, IL @ Schubas *
12/5: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club *
12/7: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge *
12/12: San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall *
12/13: Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *
12/14: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy *
12/15: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *

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NVDES – “Dancer From New York” + Tour Dates

Last Friday, Los Angeles-based creative collective NVDES released the La NVDITÉ, Vol. 1 EP on Maison Nvdité/Kobalt Music Recordings. An intriguing introduction to the laptop-punk of de-facto frontman Josh Ocean, the five-track collection brimming with his signature frenetic guitars and hones his prowess for crafting compulsive summery jams. In celebration of the release, NVDES shares a new video for “Dancer From New York” featuring his trademark imagery directed by Jenna Josepher & Giulia Marsico.

Ocean comments, “Dancer From New York was inspired by a crazy night my collaborator Sean Van Vleet had after eating at White Castle in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I moved to NYC in 2005 to pursue music. The electricity of the local indie-rock scene during that time was extremely formative for me. A lot of my music is influenced by what I was listening to and experiencing at that time. This song is my homage to that time and those influences.”

Following the release of his glitchy 2016 debut EP Life With Lobsters, NVDES garnered over 10 million streams across platforms, charted on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart, and received acclaim from the likes of FADER, NYLON, and many more. The four-track collection spins through an array of kaleidoscopic sounds that are both levitating and melodic, yet wholly original.

NVDES has also announced a series of tour dates as lead support for RAC. Full date listing is below!

NVDES Tour Dates
8/18: Los Angeles, CA @ Echo Park Rising
8/24: Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
8/26: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
9/15: Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s *
9/16: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
9/17: Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial *
9/19: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
9/20: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre *
9/21: San Diego, CA @ Music Box *
* = w/ RAC 

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Video: RAC (ft. Matthew Koma) – “Cheap Sunglasses”

Acclaimed remixer/artist RAC (aka André Allen Anjos) releases the video for his new single “Cheap Sunglasses” FT. Matthew Koma . The video reteams RAC with director/producer Michael Dwyer who also shot and produced RAC’s video for his first single “Let Go”.  Shot in Southern California, “Cheap Sunglasses” is the first RAC video to feature his full touring band and featured vocalist Matthew Koma (who along with RAC co-wrote the song which hit the #1 top spot on Hype Machine earlier this summer).

“After working with Michael Dwyer on the “Let Go” music video, it was really great to get in front of the camera again for “Cheap Sunglasses.”  We had a blast and I got to have the whole band with me” says RAC.

RAC is the mastermind behind some of the most memorable remixes of recent years, giving the world new takes on tracks by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lana Del Rey, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, and many more.  RAC’s remixes have reached #1 on the Hype Machine charts 31 times and his first solo recording, “Hollywood,” featuring Penguin Prison hit #1 on all four Hype Machine charts at once while his tracks have over 25million plays on Soundcloud.  Originally born and raised in Portugal, RAC settled in Portland, Oregon, where he began to forge his unique brand of indie-pop culminating with the release of his debut album Strangers (out now) on Cherrytree Records.  André co-wrote and produced every song on Strangers, which features an impressive array of guests including, Alex Ebert (of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and 2014 Golden Globe winner for Best Original Score) Tegan & Sara, Penguin Prison, Tokyo Police Club, Cherrytree recording artist Matthew Koma, Katie Herzig, along with Bloc Party’s Kele and electro-pop artist  MNDR.  Fresh off his Strangers Live World Tour,  RAC will perform live at Lollapalooza on August 3rd  and upcoming festival dates including Loufest in St. Louis and Life Is beautiful in Las Vegas.

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Must Hear: Ghost Beach – “Without You”

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“Ghost Beach are the Venn diagram of their influences—Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, The Police, and Daft Punk—and then some, thanks to a shitload of synths, some nostalgic 80s sonics and even the occasional reggae groove. The sound is unmistakably their own.” – VICE’s Noisey

“If you can get people dancing as early as noon. You’re good. They did.”NPR’s All Songs Considered

“…a radiant and catchy cut fit for a tropical island dance party.” – Consequence of Sound

VICE’s Noisey just unleashed another unmistakable Ghost Beach hit in the form of Blonde album cut, “Without You.” Showcasing their love for influences Ace of Base & UB40, the track features a full-on reggae vibe complemented perfectly by the duo’s distinctive, cutting-edge contemporary touch.

Listen: Ghost Beach – “Without You”

Ghost Beach, consisting of Josh Ocean & Eric “Doc” Mendelsohn, has set the Internet ablaze with upbeat anthems, a preference for ’80s synth, and consistent number ones on Hype Machine. The band has performed alongside The 1975, ASTR, Betty Who & St. Lucia. They have just announced a Firefly Festival appearance and national tour dates supporting RAC & The Sounds, teaming up to command dance floors across the continent! Full dates below:

Tour Dates w/ RAC
3/27: Montreal, QC @ Theatre Corona
3/28: Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton
3/29: Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
3/31: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
4/1: Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
4/4: Seattle, WA @ Neumos Ballroom
4/5: Vancouver, BC @ Celebrities
4/6: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
4/8: San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
4/9: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

Tour Dates w/ The Sounds & Blondfire
4/10: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
4/11: Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
4/12: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
4/14: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
4/15: Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
4/16: Miami, FL @ Grand Central
4/18: Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
4/19: Austin, TX @ Emo’s
4/21: Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
6-19-22: Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival

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Listen: Ghost Beach – “Every Time We Touch”

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Brooklyn-based duo Ghost Beach will release their debut album Blonde, on March 4 via Nettwerk Records. Perfecting their unique blend of retro and futuristic soaring synth pop, the duo previously shared the party-starting album single, “Miracle”. Today, fans are treated to “Every Time We Touch” – a funk-infused blazer, strapped with an infectious bass line and classic house beats.

Listen: Ghost Beach – “Every Time We Touch”

Ghost Beach has set the Internet ablaze with upbeat anthems, a preference for ’80s synth, and consistent number ones on Hype Machine. The band has performed alongside The 1975, ASTR, Betty Who, St. Lucia and more, and today they announce national tour dates supporting RAC, teaming up to command dance floors.

UK Headlining Tour Dates

2/17: London, UK @ Birthdays
2/19: London, UK @ Hoxton Bar & Kitchen
2/22: London, UK @ The Finsbury

Tour Dates with RAC
3/27: Montreal, QC @ Theatre Corona
3/28: Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton
3/29: Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
3/31: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
4/1: Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
4/4: Seattle, WA @ Neumos Ballroom
4/5: Vancouver, BC @ Celebrities
4/6: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
4/8: San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
4/9: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

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Download: Gentlemen Hall – “Sail Into The Sun” (RAC Remix)

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Standing strong between the high-handed anthemic choruses of the Killers and the retro synth melodies of MGMT, Gentlemen Hall has established itself as one of the most talked about bands to emerge from Boston in recent years. The band is gearing up to release a new EP this fall, but in the meantime, they’ll be taking their live show on the road, performing several festivals around the Midwest and East Coast, interspersed with several headlining dates.

Gentlemen Hall recently released their single “Sail Into The Sun”, which has garnered radio airplay nationwide, along with huge synchs in Target and Samsung commercials. RAC also gave it the remix treatment, which is available as a free download below.

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Listen/download: Gentlemen Hall – “Sail Into The Sun” (RAC Remix)

Beginning as a group of friends hanging in college dorms in the mid 2000s, the 6 gentlemen formed the band in 2008. After winning numerous accolades such as MTV’s Best Breakout Band in 2009 and Boston Phoenix’s Best Act in 2011, the band was nominated and won Billboard’s Battle of the Bands and made history being the first independent band to perform on the Billboard Music Awards in 2011.

Upcoming US Tour Dates

  • 8/23 – Chicago, IL – The Boulevard (Logan Square Music Festival, w/ The Whigs & more)
  • 8/25 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
  • 8/26 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
  • 8/27 – Oxford, OH – Brick Street (free show)
  • 8/29 – Minneapolis, MN – Nether Bar
  • 8/31 – Indianapolis, IN – WARMfest (w/ Mayer Hawthorne, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Delta Spirit & more)
  • 9/21 – Canton, MA – Life Is Good Festival (w/ The Roots, Trampled By Turtles & more)
  • 9/28 – Albany, NY – Pearlpalooza (w/ The Dirty Heads, Said The Whale, Cayucas & more)

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RAC – Chapter One

RAC put out a new album. It includes some of their best remixes over the past two years! Check it out! My faves are their remixes of Phantogram’s “When I’m Small”, The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition” and Theophilus London’s “Why Even Try”.

Listen/download: RAC – Chapter One

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